Wood Buffalo National Park, Alberta / Northwest Territories – Wood Buffalo National Park is home to the world’s largest free-roaming herd of Bison. The park was established in 1922 to protect the herd that wanders this region between northern Alberta and the Northwest Territories. Today there are about 5,000.
The the wood bison is heavier than the plains bison. Large males can weigh over 900 kilograms (2,000 lb). It is the largest terrestrial animal in North America.
At 44,807 sq km, this is Canada’s largest, and one of the world’s largest National Parks. It’s actually larger than the country of Switzerland!
The park is 508 km from Fort McMurray, Alberta. It straddles the border between Alberta and the Northwest Territories, with the park headquarters in Fort Smith NT. In June 2013, the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada designated the park as Canada’s newest and the world’s largest Dark-sky preserve. Jasper National Park remains the world’s largest easily accessible Dark Sky Preserve)
Wood Buffalo National Park, Alberta / Northwest Territories, Canada